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The Cleveland Orchestra's 100th season will be busy and challenging. In this week's Shuffle, classical music critic Zach Lewis says there's a lot to like, but there are also many uncertainties:

photo of Franz Welser-Most and the Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is turning 100 years old, and it’s planning concerts, tours, and educational programs to celebrate.

One of the season’s highlights will be a series of educational concerts and a two-week Beethoven festival, which will include all nine Beethoven symphonies. It’s being called The Prometheus Project.

According to Greek mythology, Prometheus stole fire from heaven to bring enlightenment to humanity. The myth inspired Beethoven’s only ballet, “The Creatures of Prometheus.”

orchestra on stage
Roger Mastroianni / The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom

The Cleveland Orchestra has kicked off its Blossom season, and WKSU’s Vivian Goodman recently sat down with the orchestra’s artistic administrator Ilya Gidalevich for a preview of what’s yet to come. 

Music Director Franz Welser-Most led the orchestra last weekend in Beethoven's Heroic Symphony, but there is much more classical and popular music on tap through Labor Day weekend at the Cleveland Orchestra's summer home. 

rehearsal photo

A world premiere tonight at the Cleveland Play House will feature live music by the Cleveland Orchestra.

The joint production is part of a festival of new plays and one of the few ever written for a combined effort by a theater group and a symphony  orchestra. In this week’s State of the Arts WKSU’s Vivian Goodman has a preview of “The Good Peaches.”   

A Remembrance of Pierre Boulez

Jan 7, 2016
Boulez leading Cleveland Orchestra
ROGER MASTROIANNI / Cleveland Orchestra

 Boulez made his American orchestra debut in Cleveland at the invitation of George Szell in March of 1965.

Four years later, Szell made him the orchestra’s first principal guest conductor, and after Szell’s death in 1970 Boulez served for two seasons in Severance Hall as musical advisor.

Last season, in celebration of Boulez’s 90th birthday, the Cleveland Orchestra presented a video about him, and Music Director Franz Welser Most paid tribute.

“Pierre Boulez is one of the most influential musical figures in the 20th century, definitely.”